Mapping Solution Supports Nuru’s Mission to End Extreme Poverty by Distilling Big Data and Layering in Customizable Information
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Nov. 2, 2015)—RippleNami, a cloud-based visualization platform, today announced that Nuru International, a nonprofit working to end extreme poverty in remote rural areas, has adopted its intuitive technology to support the organization’s sustainable community development projects. A new and innovative approach to custom mapping, RippleNami allows customers including corporations, NGOs, and emergency management organizations to cost-effectively access a wide variety of information that matters most to them in real time, while layering in internal data points relevant to their organization’s objectives.
“By empowering people around the globe with real-time, easily accessible information, we believe we can help connect the billions of people from developed and underdeveloped regions to foster positive change,” commented, Phil Gahn, RippleNami co-founder and chief business development officer. “RippleNami’s mission is to harness and transform big data into a single visualization source that helps the world’s change agents realize endless possibilities.”
Nuru International plans on leveraging RippleNami’s technology to support more than 85,000 people across Kenya and Ethiopia by integrating its proprietary data related to agriculture, financial inclusion, healthcare and education stored in Salesforce into the platform as a way to better visualize location-based information. Armed with this real-time mapped data, Nuru field staff working with farmer households will have the right information at their immediate disposal to help expedite decision making, track and locate resources and address each community’s most pressing needs. Additionally, the technology will help the organization monitor local crime and regional terrorist threats to protect Nuru staff and farmer households working to help locals rise above and combat poverty.
“Because RippleNami was founded by people who have decades of experience living and working in underdeveloped nations, they not only understand the challenges, limitations and opportunities facing the populations we serve, but the challenges organizations like ours face in trying to help,” said Jake Harriman, founder and CEO of Nuru International. “From monitoring crop yields and disease outbreaks to tracking regional security threats, RippleNami will help us easily visualize the information we need to significantly improve the quality of life for people in these rural areas.”
Nuru International equips local leaders in underdeveloped nations in Sub-Saharan Africa with the tools and knowledge needed to guide their communities out of extreme poverty by solving their most prevalent challenges including hunger, inability to cope with financial shocks, preventable disease and death and lack of access to quality education. A primary focus for Nuru is enabling smallholder farmers to increase yields from subsistence to surplus that can be translated into household income. As part of this mission, Nuru will use RippleNami to monitor household food security in its operational area.
“Until now, there hasn’t been a single mapping solution out there that’s easily customizable, user-friendly and cost-effective, enabling organizations like Nuru International to quickly access data that is critical to their operations,” said Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, president and chief operating officer of RippleNami. “The beauty of our visualization platform is that it doesn’t require extensive training or a geographic information system expert. With endless applications, RippleNami puts the power of big data and sophisticated technology directly into the hands of organizations so they can focus on what’s most important—making a difference in their world.”
A cloud-based platform, RippleNami is device agnostic, allowing organizations to assess operations in real-time based on different data sets, overlaying information so it is presented in a clear, easy to understand single view. The platform can also be customized for various staff levels, controlling access and distribution of valuable data with specific profiles and permissions. All data and data paths are encrypted and protected with best-in-class data security practices.
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About Nuru International
Nuru International is a U.S.-based social venture on a mission to end extreme poverty in remote, rural areas. It establishes sustainable community development projects, such as Nuru Kenya and Nuru Ethiopia, to deliver high touch, holistic programming – in Agriculture, Financial Inclusion, Healthcare and Education—to engage all household members in building resilience and ending intergenerational poverty.
Since 2009, Nuru has partnered with farmer households to consistently increase crop yields, food security and income. Nuru farmer yields have increased 56 percent more on average than farmers’ yields in the comparison group. In addition, Nuru farmer households have shown a 12 to 14 percent increase in the adoption of healthy behaviors relative to the comparison group since 2013. Moreover, children in grades 2-5 who receive Nuru Outreach have demonstrated a 6 percent increase in literacy proficiency over time in comparison with non-Nuru students. Nuru believes that with access to opportunity and meaningful choices, families can and will graduate from surviving today to planning for tomorrow. For more information, visit Nuruinternational.org, like facebook.com/nuruinternational and follow @IAmNuru on Twitter.
An industry game changer, RippleNami believes that, empowered with real-time, easily-accessible information, people around the world can connect and foster positive change. RippleNami is redefining mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data and provides information that really matters to users and their organizations. The company’s cost-effective, device agnostic cloud-based platform delivers millions of real-time actionable data points on an intuitive map to customers across enterprises, universities, nonprofits and emergency management agencies, enabling critical decision making and enhanced collaboration. With seamless integration, limitless customization and scalable architecture, RippleNami lets people chart their own world, streamlining communication and improving operational effectiveness. For more information about RippleNami, visit www.ripplenami.com.
Emily Lynn Anderson